I thought I'd start off with a part two of my previous post, Newest Addition to My Family. To read that post first, click here: /?p=5
Have you ever had a family member that you grew up with? Someone that you could reminisce about old times 15 years ago? Well for me, that person is my cousin, O'Neal. During family get togethers, he and I, as well as my other siblings and cousins would talk about our childhood growing up in NYC and spending summer vacations in Jamaica to visit with Grandpa; we had stories that would last for hours. That time was so long ago and it surprises me to see how we've all grown up. We are all living the adult life, working, creating a home, and starting families.
Two weeks ago, I got to spend some time with O'Neal, his wife Jo Elizabeth (or Jo as we all call her), and that oh so cute amazing little one, Jace. We set up a photo shoot right in their home to really portray their strong family bond in an intimate setting. When I arrived at their home, I found O'Neal and Jace fast asleep on the couch. A truly perfect father and son moment. I quickly whipped out my camera to capture it.
So apparently these two were too pooped to do a photoshoot at the moment :). But I didn't mind. I enjoyed watching little Jace sleep so comfortably and warm in O'Neal's arms. Thats the thing with photographing a newborn, you have to adhere to their schedule, not your own. What usually would've been an hour long photoshoot turned into around 2hrs, because we had to take breaks for diaper changes and feedings. But I was along for the ride. As their photographer for moment, I got to see a small chunk of the love this family shares for one another. And how this tiny person has brought such joy and happiness to two wonderful parents.
You'll see all the funny faces he makes throughout the shoot. :)
See what I mean? lol. Once you get past all his cute funny faces, you can really get lost in his eyes. So bright and full of joy.
I watched Jo with her new son and it seemed as though time stood still as she played with Jace; nothing else mattered. Not me, not the camera, just a mom and her son.
Here comes daddy! These pictures always get to me. Sometimes I still can't believe O'Neal, the same cousin that I used to run up and down with on the playground and in the house causing all sorts of trouble when we were kids, is now a DADDY!! Lol. But it's so wonderful. I'm so proud of him.
I want to leave off with these last family portraits; they are really my favorites because well, they're my family and I'm so proud of them but also because it really shows me how far we all have come.
Congratulations to Jo & Neal for a beautiful baby boy who's growing so beautifully. We're not kids anymore (sniff, sniff) but I'm so proud of you guys. Life can change so fast and so dramatically but I think it's a journey that no matter what path you take, will be so fulfilling and worth all the memories in the world.